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@Google Talks (free)
Can give students the motivation they need to expand classroom discussions and delve deeper into concepts and ideas. In addition to videos from innovators discussing their latest ideas, clips also include those from authors, musicians and others.

Big Think (free)
Similar to TED, features more than 12,000 videos from experts in a multitude of disciplines. Expert perspective can inspire thoughtful student debate in class.

Class DoJo (free app)
Student behavior tracking app which allows you to instantly track good and bad behavior and store the data. You create an icon for each student and then tap on the icon to note what is going on. You can send alerts directly to the student, "Thanks for not talking during presentations" + 2 points. The analytics can be sent directly to administrators and/or parents with one click.

Crayola.com (free)
1,200+ art-integrated lesson plans aligned with Common Core standards. Lesson plans searchable by subject and grade.  

Flocabulary (free 14-day trial; classroom subscription $63/yr.)
Flocabulary is an online library of educational hip-hop songs and videos for grades K-12. More than 20,000 schools use Flocabulary to engage and inspire students.

FreeRice.com (free)
Freerice is an ad-supported, free-to-play online game that allows players to indirectly donate rice to charities by playing multiple-choice quiz games. For every question the user answers correctly, 10 grains of rice are donated to the World Food Programme. The available subjects include English vocabulary (the original subject with which the game launched), multiplication tables, pre-algebra, chemical symbols (basic or intermediate), English grammar, SAT, basic foreign language vocabulary for English speakers (French, German, Italian, Latin and Spanish), human anatomy, geography (flags of the world, world capitals, country identification and world landmarks), the identification of famous artwork, and literature (classic and popular books). Total score is displayed as a mound of rice and the number of grains.

Glogster EDU (free version for ages 13 + or get account for classroom for $)
Glogster EDU is an online platform for digital learning enabling more than 14 million students and 1.5 million teachers worldwide to adopt modern principles and methods of learning by using the interface of Glog® and K-12 qualified content from Glogpedia. Easy-to-use platform with proven results empowers students and educators to recapture enthusiasm and motivation for learning while having fun.

Google Earth (free)

INFOhio.org (free)
INFOhio, the Information Network for Ohio schools, is the state's virtual PreK-12 library that uses the existing school telecommunications infrastructure to address equity issues by providing electronic resources, library automation and other services to Ohio schools. These resources are linked to student achievement and performance, standards-based instruction, teacher effectiveness, and technological competency and are accessible from not only the school library, but also from classroom, lab and home computers. INFOhio provides the standardized library automation software to put card catalogs online, which makes it possible for students and educators to access a variety of materials, including books and other resources in the school library as well as other libraries across the state.

KidBlog.org (free)
Kidblog provides teachers with the tools to help students safely navigate the digital – and increasingly social – online landscape. Kidblog allows students to exercise digital citizenship within a secure, private classroom blogging space. Kidblog’s security features put safety first. Kidblog provides the most student-friendly publishing experience available anywhere. Kidblog helps students focus on what's important by removing the distractions that plague other blogging services.

KidsKnowIt Network (free)
An engaging and free resource that children can use to learn about astronomy, math, spelling, geology and more.

Make Beliefs Comix (free)
MakeBeliefsComix.com is a place for you to come to and have fun by creating your own world of comic strips. MakeBeliefsComix is for people of all ages who like to play and explore. You are given a choice of characters with different moods and the chance to write words and thoughts for them; you will tap into your creativity and explore new possibilities.

MIT Videos (free)
Features a variety of MIT-produced content, but this includes academic content and videos on interesting and unique concepts. A new video is spotlighted each day.

NeoK12 (free)
Offers science videos, lesson and games on topics such as the human body, geography, physical science and life science. Other topics include history, social studies and more.

Ohio Resource Center (free)
ORC enhances teaching and learning by promoting standards-based best practices in mathematics, science, English language arts and social studies for Ohio schools and universities. ORC serves as a trusted source of easily accessible, peer-reviewed, high-quality and effective resources.

PicMonkey (free; advanced editing cost $)
PicMonkey is an online photo editing service.

Public Broadcasting Service (free; must create account)
PBS LearningMedia™ is your destination for direct access to thousands of classroom-ready, curriculum-targeted digital resources. PBS LearningMedia builds on the strength of public media and is designed to improve teacher effectiveness and student achievement. Resources are aligned to Common Core and national standards and include videos and interactives, as well as audio, documents and in-depth lesson plans. You can browse by standards, grade level, subject area, and special collections. You also can favorite, and share resources with your class and colleagues through folders and social media. Best of all, PBS LearningMedia’s basic service is free for PreK-12 educators.

Quizlet (free; upgrade for $25/yr.)
Quizlet today is a worldwide educational utility, with tools enabling anyone to study whatever they want. Our users define what they need to learn (or teach), and how they want to do it. We help art history majors study paintings, Spanish students learn their verbs and seventh graders learn biology. To date, our users have created almost 40 million study sets, spanning every imaginable subject. We build the study tools, and they provide the curriculum.

StatPlanet (free)
An award-winning application that allows users to create interactive maps, graphs, charts and infographics. StatPlanet is intuitive to use and allows you to easily post your work on the web.

Teacher’s Class BEHAVIOR PRO (app $0.99)
Organize your students by individual classes and you can create categories for recurring behaviors, e.g. talking, tardy, physical disruptions, bullying, passing notes, etc. This makes it super simple to tap on a student and attach the behavior in just a second or two. You also can track positive behavior which keeps your behavior incentives/consequences fair and balanced.

Teacher Kit (free app)
App for secondary teachers because it allows you to organize multiple classrooms and students. Teacher Kit offers multiple features such as seating charts, attendance records, behavior tracking, a gradebook and more. You can hold your Teacher Kit in the palm of your hand as you walk around the class (one of the best classroom management tricks) and import the data to your classroom computer to sync with your school system when convenient.

TED Ed (free)
TED-Ed’s commitment to creating lessons worth sharing is an extension of TED’s mission of spreading great ideas. Within TED-Ed’s growing library of lessons, you will find carefully curated educational videos, many of which represent collaborations between talented educators and animators nominated through the TED-Ed platform. This platform also allows users to take any useful educational video, not just TED's, and easily create a customized lesson around the video. Users can then distribute TED-Ed lessons, publicly or privately, and track their impact on the world, a class or an individual student.

Too Noisy (free app)
This app pairs a colorful and fun graphic with a digital noise meter to let teachers – and students – know when the noise level has exceeded acceptable levels. Teachers set the “appropriate” noise level and then the Too Noisy graphics will provide a reading which will ring out when your students are in the red zone.

Tripline (free)
Web application designed to help users document their travel adventures or plan a trip itinerary. There are a few ways you can plot out your trip: one, you can use your smart phone to “check-in” at various locations; two, you can simply add markers by plotting them directly on the map; three, you can use Foursquare or Twitter to geo-target your location.

U Mapper (free basic; upgrade $)
Allows you to choose a map provider – Bing, Google, Yahoo, etc. – or upload your own customized image. Once you’ve selected your map, you can add images, audio and choose from a variety of objects to tack onto your map.

VoiceThread (free; single educator license $79/yr.)
A cloud application, so there is no software to install. The only system requirement is an up-to-date version of Adobe Flash. VoiceThread will work in any modern web browser and on almost any internet connection. Upload, share and discuss documents, presentations, images, audio files and videos. More than 50 different types of media can be used in a VoiceThread. Comment on VoiceThread slides using one of five powerful commenting options: microphone, webcam, text, phone and audio-file upload. Keep a VoiceThread private, share it with specific people or open it up to the entire world.

WatchKnowLearn.org (free)
Puts educators and students in touch with free educational videos organized by subject. Those subjects include foreign languages, arts, math, science, computers and technology, and more. Users also can upload videos and share their favorite resources.

Wolfframalpha.com (free; school subscriptions available for $)
Wolfram|Alpha introduces a fundamentally new way to get knowledge and answers – not by searching the web, but by doing dynamic computations based on a vast collection of built-in data, algorithms and methods. Wolfram|Alpha is an engine for computing answers and providing knowledge. It works by using its vast store of expert-level knowledge and algorithms to automatically answer questions, do analysis and generate reports.

Wordle.NET (free)
Wordle is a toy for generating “word clouds” from text that you provide. The clouds give greater prominence to words that appear more frequently in the source text. You can tweak your clouds with different fonts, layouts and color schemes. The images you create with Wordle are yours to use however you like. You can print them out, or save them to the Wordle gallery to share with your friends.

Social Studies/History Licensure

iCivics (free)
Founded and led by Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, iCivics provides students with the tools they need for active participation and democratic action, and teachers with the materials and support to achieve this. Our free resources include print-and-go lesson plans, award-winning games and digital interactives. The iCivics games place students in different civic roles and give them agency to address real-world problems and issues. They are rooted in clear learning objectives and integrated with lesson plans and support materials.

My Histro (free)
Gives users the ability to customize their interactive maps and timelines by adding text, pictures and video to them. Once you’re satisfied with your work, you can either embed it, convert it into a PDF file or export it into Google Earth format for offline storage.

Traveler IQ Challenge (free)
Traveler IQ Challenge is a fun interactive world geography game. Click on the map and place the pin as close to the location as possible. Speed counts.

Science Licensure Areas

The Science Network (free)
Brings together renowned scientists and science experts as they discuss science, social policy, and all manner of scientific concepts, including how neurons are formed, morality and the brain, and more.

Language Arts Licensure Areas

My Histro (free)
Gives users the ability to customize their interactive maps and timelines by adding text, pictures and video to them. Once you’re satisfied with your work, you can either embed it, convert it into a PDF file or export it into Google Earth format for offline storage.

This I Believe (free)
This I Believe Inc. was founded in 2004 as an independent, not-for-profit organization that engages youth and adults from all walks of life in writing, sharing, and discussing brief essays about the core values that guide their daily lives.

Wikispaces (free)
Wikispaces Classroom is a social writing platform for education. We make it incredibly easy to create a classroom workspace where you and your students can communicate and work on writing projects alone or in teams. Rich assessment tools give you the power to measure student contribution and engagement in real-time. Wikispaces Classroom works great on modern browsers, tablets and phones.

Music Education Licensure

SmartMusic (software program; teacher subscription $140/yr.; student subscription $40/yr.)
Age level: 5-12
Subject: band, but can also be used with choir and orchestra
A fantastic program to use with beginning through advanced band, choir and orchestra. The program features method books, exercises, solos, ensemble pieces and more. It is a great way to help students practice and also is a fantastic assessment tool.

The Complete Instrument Reference Guide for Band Directors (book $20)
Age level: Reference for teachers
Subject: band (beginning through advanced)
Info: An excellent guide for directors. It has fingering charts for all of the instruments, trill charts for woodwinds, harmonic series charts for brass, percussion rudiments, ornamentation descriptions, etc. It also has instructions on how to change trigger strings. The charts are all very easy to read and understand which makes it a quick and easy reference.